Herb and Charlotte
Read of Liberty Township have been honored--again--by the Izaak Walton
League of America (IWLA).
At its 2014
national convention in Buena Park, Calif., IWLA presented the Reads with the
Izaak Walton League Hall of Fame Award for their “commitment to conservation
and ensuring outdoor America’s future.”
The Reads were
charter members of both the Porter County Chapter of the IWLA and the Save
the Dunes Council, among other things, and were instrumental in the
establishment of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
“The Reads were
previously honored for their work and long commitment to the ideals of the
League as individuals, but this award is for their work as a couple,
including creating the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,” IWLA said. “The
Izaak Walton League prides itself on the many couples and families that have
shown extraordinary commitment to the goals of the organization.”
Also presented with
the Hall of Fame Award were Terry McCloskey of LaPorte, and Stan and Patty
Jarosz of Hobart.
the land of Northwest Indiana like few people do,” League National Director
Jim Sweeney said, ”and he is the point person for a big conservation effort
on the East Branch of the Little Calumet River.”
The Porter County
Chapter of the IWLA hopes to bring back brook trout to the area, protect
federally endangered species, and restore prairie and forest habitats.
The Jaroszes, for
their part, were honored for their life-long commitment to the IWLA Indiana
Division’s annual Youth Camp, held at the Tippecanoe River State Park in
Winimac, Indiana, since 1962. “Thousands of kids have been through that camp
over the years and many come back as counselors. Many of the parents of the
current campers attended the camp when they were young,” Sweeney said.
Stan’s father took
him to the camp when he was 12 and he has been there ever since, serving as
the camp’s director for the last 20 years, IWLA noted. He brought Patty to
camp when they were dating and twenty-some years later, they are still
there, and their two children are now senior counselors.